Age in Place – What Does it Entail?
Have you thought about what “Age in Place” is and how it applies to all of us Over 50?
From a Senior Resource Website to further define the term “Age in Place”:
“We are using the term “age in place” in reference to living where you have lived for many years, or to living in a non-healthcare environment, and using products, services and conveniences to enable you to not have to move as circumstances change.”
As people grow older, a significant concern is that they may have to leave their home. Most people like their comfortable setting in a familiar community and, consequently, the many memories that go along with it.
They feel that a certain amount of control is lost when a person leaves their home. They want to have “control” which is the basis of their feelings of dignity, independence and quality of life. One’s home is a strong element in the sense of security because it is very important to people as they get older!
Most American seniors desire to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. A survey by AARP found this number to be greater than 80% of seniors. This “stay at home” approach is also known as “Age in Place” There are several reasons cited for this strong Aging in Place preference. These include:
In summary, there are several reasons for this strong Age in Place preference:
1. Comfortable Environment
2. Feelings of Independence
3. Safety and Security
4. Familiar Environment
5. In close proximity to family
6. Convenience to Services
How to age in place successfully requires planning. You need to be able to accommodate physical, mental, and psychological changes that may accompany aging. Therefore, physical changes should be made in the home.
As people get older, they have a tendency to avoid home modifications and helpful technology items. They feel these products have an industrial appearance. Consumer demand and computer technology have resulted in redesigned products that are more acceptable in the home. Some of these include:
Cooking range monitoring to avoid fires
Chairs designed for easier in and out
Enhanced high and low frequency tones for doorbells and telephones
Grab bars and hand rails with decorator colors
Hospital type beds with wooden headboards and footboards
Items that are easier for arthritic hands to handle,
Larger print for declining eyesight
On/off buttons with color contrasts
Walkers in bright hues
In summary, be open minded about making modifications to a house to allow you or a family member to stay there for an indefinite period of time.
Living in an “Age in Place” home may be a wise choice because you won’t have to move!